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as safely, securely, and efficiently as possible. i'm very encouraged by the actions mr. boardman has taken to develop a strategic plan and to introduce an organizational structure that supports the implementation of that plan and increases accountability at all levels of the organization. i might note that when the chairman was talking about subsidies, mr. boardman, i don't think it included amtrak's commuter rail passengers. the actual subsidy is about $5 per passenger, and i would ask in your opening statement you address that so we will be clear on what that subsidy is. i don't want any confusion about that, because i don't want people watching this think it is something it is not. that said, while we must conduct a thorough oversight over amtrak as over all entities receiving federal funding, our committee has now held seven hearings at the full and subcommittee levels in the 112th congress on amtrak, and today we are convening to examine a strategic plan that has not even been economy implemented. appropriate oversight does not require micromanagement of all facets of an entity'
. [laughter] >> okay. i was going to make sure you had a copy, if you didn't. mr. boardman, our amtrak ceo, you're recognized. welcome back. >> thank you, mr. mica, and thank you for your service. one of the other things i'd like to thank you about is that you've put a focus on this corridor, and i appreciate that. we put a vision out in september 2010, and by january you began to have a hearing. by february of that year, and i'd just like to summarize quickly because i know you want to move through here quickly, we proposed the gateway project to support that vision in high-speed rail. in march we named the u.s. d.o.t. named us as a federal corridor. by may we were awarded $450 million to improve the speed in new jersey on what we call a raceway. by june we were in a situation where we had a peer review by our european and asian high-speed rail operators validating our proposal of next generation high-speed rail. in august we began a business and financial plan with kpmg to understand how we can work the private sector in, how the public/private partnerships might work many that proce
deliver that to mr. boardman. >> thank you. >> it does take that vision and it takes also the determination. and also to be quite blunt, it takes the cash. now i was excited about president obama committing to high speed rail, however, i did express my disappointment in that the money was diverted among 150 projects. most of the money went to california for a true high speed rail. the rest is inner city enhanced passenger service and a number of other improvements and grants. for the fra representative and administrator, what is the intent of the administration for high speed rail in the future, the next four years? >> well, i think the president's vision is in his budget and it includes additional billions of dollars for high speed rail. and so it is spelled out in his budget which he continues to be quite committed to it and we hope that the congress will follow through on that. >> well, mr. boardman, you started out with i think less than a hundred million and some of the money that came into the northeast corridor came in sort of i guess at the same time we designated the
split? >> yes. >> that i do not know. you know, i would defer to mr. boardman on this. the introduction of the service itself in 2000, i think the air rail split with something like 3070, or 4060, and then it flips. it's now 75-25. you know, the overwhelming number of people going between washington, d.c. and new york prefer to take the train. it's not because that is always cheaper. because the service is not. it's because of the time savings and convenience. >> mr. boardman, for the northeast corridor, 80% of the population lives within 25 miles of the northeast corridor making the rail very, very accessible. how would you compare that with california? >> depends on the part of california. one of the things i can answer is, congressman, is that the air rail service between san diego and l.a. is entirely real because it just doesn't work the way that that has, as close as the arts which have and the way that it operates. but when you get to something like l.a. to san francisco you really only have the coast starlight. so there's a sufficient amount of data that would really tell you wh
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